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From BBC.co.uk:

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has told the BBC he is ready to challenge the European Union to get a quota on foreign players within European teams.

Blatter made his comments in response to an NOP poll of football fans for BBC1's Football Focus.

He wants clubs to be limited to five foreigners in their starting XI to allow homegrown talent to flourish.

The proposal contravenes EU law but Blatter says football needs to act and says a reduction "is a good solution".

The 71-year-old Swiss argues that football deserves special treatment because it is not like any other job.

"Workers in Europe can circulate freely but footballers are not workers," he said.

"You cannot consider a footballer like any normal worker because you need 11 to play a match - and they are more artists than workers."

BBC Sport revealed last month just how much the number of foreigners plying their trade in the Premier League had increased since 1992 and the Football Association has already expressed its concern over the impact that has had on home-grown players.

Now Football Focus has shown that fans have concerns, too.

When asked if there should be a quota of foreign players per club in the English Premier League, 56% of the 1055 people surveyed said they were in favour.

The EU has recently unveiled plans to impose more regulations on football and says the sport should only have limited immunity from rules governing employment.

However, Blatter says he is ready to fight any EU move.

"Football has never had the courage to go against this practice," he said.

"When you have 11 foreigners in a team, this is not good for the development of football, for the education of young players, and there is a financial aspect, too."


I believe we tried something like this a few years ago in England where the FA limited the amount of foreign players allowed to play in an English team to three players. It didn't work.

And this latest movement by Blater to restrict foreign players is likely to meet oposition from the Premier League clubs and the a number of Championship clubs as well.


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Used to be a few years ago in the champions league you had the 3 foreigners rule or as we in Scotland called the 8 diddy's rule.

If it passes the Premiership will be the hardest hit. the fact is Blatter talks a lot of sense all these forigners cannot be good for the game in the long term. I honeslty belive if you look you will see a link between the rise in foriegen players a slight weakining of the national team. The same applies in Scotland where the link has been proved the downturn of signing foreigners and the improvement of the national team.

I think what you will see is clubs trying to get around this by trying to get South American passports for those players and getting those high priced lawyers to find any loophole in the new rules.

Looking at it from an SPL popint of view it won't make much of a diffrence here with the exception of Hearts and mad Vlad the SPL clubs all have a majority of Scots in thier teams.


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I have seen all this blame fall onto the Premiership clubs for the weakening of the standard of English players being brought through but the fact remains that they are just 20 of over 140 clubs. The responsibility to bring throuhg new players of high standard rest on the smaller clubs as well.

The FA, if they are that bothered about the falling standard, should give the smaller clubs money to set up youth academies to bring through those new players. The smaller clubs dont have the money needed to bring through good quality players becuase the majority of the moeny in the English game is just pumped back into the Premiership and Championship and nothing is put aside for future development.

A clear example of this is Portsmouth who have been South Coast Giant since about 1900 but lacked the money needed to make and acedemy and have only just begun to build it after a few years in the Premeriship gavethem that money.

England is the wealthiest country in the world by football standards but they dont care about improving the youth setup, they only care about strengthening the big league and then they complain that the national team is getting weaker.


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Well you can say the Premiership is 20 out of 140 clubs but they are the top 20 the best clubs and when the best clubs would rather play foreign players than domestic ones that sends out a strong message to other teams about the standard of English players. Also when these clubs are getting a minimum of ?30million per season and have the best training and youth acadmeies in the country the least you should expect is they contribute the most to the national team.

The question is simple do you want and England team that has a squad with the best of the premiership or a collection of the best the Championshiop has to offer.

Also when you look at Spain, Italy, Holland France ( to a lesser extent) and Germany they have have around the same number of teams in thier top flight as the premiership and they don't go looking in Liga BBV and whatever the other lower leagues are called because there is an emphaisis on playing domestic players and the fct is that nornmally these teams tedn to better than countries that have more foreign players in thier leagues than deomestic. At this poiunt in time Aragones could take the top 4 Spanish Clubs and pick a Spanish national team that would do well in a tournament McLaren can't.

There is nothing wrong with 3 or 4 foreign players all managers would agree that a little foriegn talent is good for the club and for the game but when the majority of the players esp at the biggest clubs are foreginers than you have a problem for every foreign player that Man U, Liverpool and Chelsea play in the Champions league that's one English player being denied the right to play against the worlds best and that will hinder his ability long term.


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And again it falls on the governing bodies shoulders to do something about it. The powers that be in English football only just began realising in the early 2000's that having the best league in the world is not automatically going to mean that the best players in the world are going to be English.

Three out of the big four of English football have good youth setups. Man Utd since Ferguson became manager built up a great youth system, Liverpool have a great youth system and so do Arsenal. The difference is that Fergie focuses on the British talent, Liverpool have British and Spanish talent and Wenger only ever cares about the French talent coming through.

The individual clubs on England have a choice. Focus on youth or focus on money. However in this they are stuck.

To focus on building up their youth standards they need money and to get money they need to be in the big leagues and have to bring in the foreign players to remain there.

If the English football governing body had realised in the mid-to-late 90's that they would have to focus on improving youth standards to remain a force internationally, as the other giants of Europe did, then we would be in this mess. As it stands however the Football governing body decided to let the premeriship grown into this behemoth that they can no onger control.

Club want to bring through youth players as it means that they dont have to spend money on foreigns player to gets better but it cant happen because all the money gets eaten by the behemoth of the Premeirship and the only way to begin build up their youth standard is to get there, which means buying foreign players from the contient or Ireland or ((foreign to England)) Scotland.

None of this helps the English development


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